Acclaimed worship band Hillsong United says they're "honored" to be nominated for an American Music Award for the second year in a row.
The "Touch the Sky" artists, led by megachurch Pastor Joel Houston, scored an AMA nod in the "Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational" category ahead of next month's awards show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The recognition comes five months after the release of Hillsong United's fourth studio album Empires, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian albums chart.
"Honored and excited to be nominated for the American Music Awards,'" the Australian band wrote via Facebook last week. more >>
Atheist professor and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has said that Christians who do good only to avoid Hell or to receive the award of Heaven are "self-centered."
"If you're good because you want to carry favor with God, if you're good because you want to avoid going to Hell, or if you want to go to Heaven, that's a rather ignoble, self-centered reason to be good," Dawkins said during an interview with Ireland's RTÉ One on Sunday.
"I fully accept that an awful lot of good deeds are done by people who happen to be religious, but I think it's rather insulting to suggest that you need religion in order to be good." more >>
Lecrae made history Tuesday by becoming the first purely hip-hop artist to win Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards. But not everyone is celebrating this achievement by the rapper and outspoken Christian.
Meeke Addison, a spokeswoman for Urban Family Communications, an organization dedicated to delivering "biblical truth" to the black community, feels that the industry shouldn't reward Lecrae since, in recent years, the artist has distanced himself from being known as a "Christian rapper."
"What he has consistently and repeatedly rejected is the genre of 'Christian rap.' He has repeatedly rejected it," said Addison to One News Now earlier this week. "So why then does this Christian award outlet need to award him 'Artist of the Year?' Why? It is unfair to actual Christian rappers." more >>
Carrie Underwood recently opened up about maintaining a successful marriage and the country music star said she and her NHL star husband, Mike Fisher, look beyond traditional gender roles to ensure an equal partnership.
The couple, who have been married for five years, welcomed the birth of their first child, Isaiah Michael Fisher, in February and Underwood acknowledged that their son has changed their marriage dynamic. The Nashville-based singer said she and Fisher both make an effort to regularly check in and ensure that each other's needs are being met.
"Your marriage does change a lot when you have a baby, there's this whole other dynamic and you just have to make it a point to not lose you as a couple in that," she told People.com. "Communication is key, checking in and making sure that your needs are being met is something that I feel that everybody could probably do more of." more >>
Tamar Braxton's latest album Calling All Lovers has yet to top any Billboard charts, but the Christian singer is still choosing to glorify God.
"I'll take whatever you have for ME Jesus! It is good enough for me. ... YOU GOD is good enough for me ... and you make it that I'm GOOD enough for ME," the 38-year-old singer wrote on Instagram. "Cause only YOU know what the end result is!! Thank you so much God and #tamartianfriends I'm just Grateful this album came out (if u only knew).
Braxton's fourth studio album, Calling All Lovers peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 charts, No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Album charts behind Janet Jackson's Unbreakable album with the same performance for the R&B Album chart. Although she has yet to reach No. 1 with her latest effort, Braxton insists that she is proud of her latest project. more >>
Justin Bieber, whose no stranger to controversy, will release his fourth studio album Purpose next month and the project is already ruffling feathers as reports claim it has been banned in the Middle East over its references to Jesus Christ.
The "What Do You Mean" singer took to Instagram last week to tease the album cover art which is laden with Christian symbols. A seemingly prayerful Bieber, who is a Christian, is seen posing shirtless and baring his large cross tattoos against a creative backdrop and the artwork has reportedly been deemed too provocative for the Muslim majority Middle East and Indonesia.
The pop star now has just four weeks to create an alternative album cover that will be approved for release in those nations by Nov. 13. more >>